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Can You Study in Canada Considering the Current Scenario?

September 2020

Universities and colleges in Canada hold a major advantage over their competition at other study abroad destinations. Institutions in Canada receive support from the government and thus, are in a stable position when compared to their counterparts. With the crisis now coming under control, they are looking at provisions to accommodate international students.

Government Stance

The government in Canada has also announced to grant permits to international students who are studying their courses online outside Canada. Moreover, this will also count towards eligibility for their post-study work rights. The government has also introduced a temporary two-stage approval process for international students in an attempt to fasten the approval to attend classes in person when the travel restrictions are lifted. The IRCC has decided to prioritize the processing of those Canada student visa applications that have been completed and submitted online.

Advantages to international students

International students are major winners in this situation since they are able to continue their education in Canada temporarily through the online medium and ensuring that their health is also prioritized. Moreover, if students are unable to submit their entire Canada student visa application, IRCC is still in a position to pre-approve them, provided certain conditions are met by them. Furthermore, a major reason a student decides to study abroad is to attain work exposure. With the onset of the pandemic, several students are deterring from the same since there surrounds an air uncertainty. However, the Canadian government has taken that away. Even with students attending online classes, they still remain eligible for their post-study work rights. Since study in Canada is much more economical when compared to its counterparts, there is no compromise in the quality of education provided and accompanied by the latest measure, students will be more than benefitted to undertake their study in Canada.

Future Outlook

Even when the travel restrictions are lifted and students are permitted to travel to Canada, students can expect to be quarantined. Moreover, they will also be met with hybrid classes and social distancing norms. What students can also expect is a change in the accommodation facilities, since not many students will be permitted to share the same accommodation in order to curtail the spread of the disease. Universities and colleges in Canada are offering all means of support when it comes to quarantine facilities to ensure the health and safety of all the relevant parties are protected. Whilst all the necessary stakeholders are eager to start classes in person, it is important to remember that the priority currently remains the health of the students. And therefore, online classes are the safest bet since they not only ensure the health of all the necessary parties involved but also see to it that the education prospects of students are not halted. As mentioned earlier, students can expect a hybrid learning model even when the travel restrictions are lifted with an amalgamation of online as well as offline classes. Everyone involved is racking their brains to ensure that students are provided with the best possible outcomes. Therefore, students should be rest assured that irrespective of the outcome determined, every decision taken will be taken keeping in mind the benefit to students. Marco Mendicino Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada was quoted, "The pandemic has had a significant impact on international students and the Canadian institutions and communities that host them". "This is why we have implemented a series of measures to support them. We value the contribution of young people seeking a high-quality education in Canada, and we're making every effort to minimize how current challenges affect their plans and dreams for the future."

Online Classes

Online Classes are the future and it is best if the students gear up for what it presents. As mentioned earlier, if students decide to undertake online classes now, they assure themselves that their education prospects are on track. Moreover, they get to spend time with their loved ones at home. A major advantage that online classes present is the economical cost component. Students save on major expenses they would otherwise have to incur in terms of travel and accommodation fees which they now save.

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